What if John Lennon had survived that gun attack – and had his 80th birthday party in Mayo?

It was an extraordinary scene. The old man, still wearing his familiar NHS glasses, greeted his guests one by one as they arrived by boat or, in some cases, by helicopter. John Lennon looked every day of his 80 years as he stood there on Dorinish Island, the escape he had bought back in 1967 … Continue reading What if John Lennon had survived that gun attack – and had his 80th birthday party in Mayo?

John, Paul, George and Paddy. Just waiting on Ringo.

I am practically the Fifth Beatle. The plaque, now on the side of Arnott’s in Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street commemorating their Dublin gigs in 1963… I organised that. And I’m not afraid to boast about it. Anyway, I mentioned John Lennon a few days ago because I was chuffed to discover that I was staying … Continue reading John, Paul, George and Paddy. Just waiting on Ringo.